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La Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine

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This massive medieval cathedral dominates the village of Vézelay.
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89450 Vezelay, France
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Unlike the basilicas you see in Italy and Spain, there is very little paint or frescos in this place, rather, they let the natural materials and the shapes speak for themselves. It's spectacular in a quiet and peaceful way. I think it might be prettier...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilica is amazing. It is even better because it is still actively used. When we visited, they were having a music festival. In the crypt is a relic of Mary Magdalene. The cloister is not very impressive but the nave of the basilica certainly...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning abbey atop a hill with far ranging views and beautiful medieval village surrounds. The vast nave is impressive and the crypt is beautiful. Not too touristy, the area offers lovely places to eat and good shops.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This shrine to St Mary Magdalen was one of the starting points of the pilgrimages to Compostella in Spain. At the top of a v steep hill ( there is a free taxi service "navettes" from parking at bottom and also a hidden parking behind...More

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vezelay is one of the more attractive hilltop villages I've been to in France and the church is a fine adornment at the top end of the street. It has a lovely set of carvings at the front of medieval parishioners in an elongated style...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are there for the religious or historic significance then this review is not for you. If you are more of a general tourist then you might find the basilica a bit plain, especially when compared to the magnificent French cathedrals. Good views from...More

Thank Jamie M
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

... I‘ve seen this beauty a second time now - and there are still new things to explore and to admire. This time we‘ve been fascinated by the capitals that tell heeps of stories. I‘d like to mention the very remarkable capital of the Judas...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

beautiful place if your are into medieval architecture. Beautifully renovated. Take note especially of the tops of the pillars supporting the central nave. but they are famous anyway.

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

best time in the early morning or evening, after the visit you can enjoy a nice dinner on the "La Terrasse".

Thank SibDD
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The basilica is heavily restored, but the experience is impressive. Very old example if you are tracking down places to check off.

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10 September 2018|
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Response from Gary L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I think you would need to get a taxi as Vezelay is about 10 min or so by car along country lanes. No idea of the price, but vezelay is worth almost any price. Once there it is a steep walk up the hill but the taxi... More
21 June 2018|
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Response from Anastasia B | Reviewed this property |
There’s also parking up the hill behind the Basilica if you’d rather not walk as far. Not expensive either.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately it's at least a 7 hour drive from Cannes to Vezelay. Even going by train to Dijon and then hiring a car, it's just not possible in a day, let alone within the time you have available. If you're interested in... More